5135- Actors and comedians

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Actors and comedians

Job Description: 

Actors and comedians perform roles in motion picture, television, theatre and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences. They are employed by motion picture, television, theatre and other production companies. This unit group includes acting teachers employed by private acting schools.

Main Duties: 

Actors and comedians perform some or all of the following duties:

Study and rehearse lines, gestures and expressions to interpret a role
Portray roles in video or motion picture productions, television shows, theatre productions, radio dramas, commercials and other productions or perform the narration
Sing or dance as required by specific roles
Perform comedy acts in nightclubs alone or as members of comedy troupes
Improvise a role.
Acting teachers perform some or all of the following duties:

Train students in interpretation of scripts, speech, movement, and dramatic theory
Prepare acting students for specific auditions and performances.

Employment Requirements: 

Demonstrated ability, based on an audition or previous acting roles, is an important hiring criteria.
Acting programs are offered at universities, colleges and private acting schools.
Acting teachers usually require experience as actors.
Membership in a guild or union may be required.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Announcers and other broadcasters (5231)
Dancers (5134)
Drama professors (in 4011 University professors and lecturers)
Musicians and singers (5133)
Other performers, n.e.c. (5232)

Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X